Unnamed White House official on implementing travel ban: ‘It really is a massive success story.’ – The Washington Post

We’ll see how “massively successful” this turns out to be, especially if I can help it.

Two days into President Trump’s new ban on refugees, migrants and foreign nationals from seven countries, there was still mass confusion about the details. On Sunday evening, the White House organized a briefing for reporters with two senior administration officials who agreed to explain the president’s executive order — but only on the condition of anonymity.

One senior administration official explained the ground rules to reporters gathered at the White House and listening on a conference call, then said: “With that, I’ll turn it over to a senior administration official.”

“Thank you,” the other senior administration official said before beginning a 45-minute defense.Their overarching message: Everything is going exactly according to plan, nothing has changed since the order was signed, and the news media need to calm down their “false, misleading, inaccurate, hyperventilating” coverage of the “fractional, marginal, minuscule percentage” of international travelers who have been simply “set aside for further questioning” for a couple hours on their way into the greatest country in the world.

“It really is a massive success story in terms of implementation on every single level,” the administration official said at one point.

Source: Unnamed White House official on implementing travel ban: ‘It really is a massive success story.’ – The Washington Post